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Want to upgrade to Win2k workstations on Novell servers, then convert to AD later

Presently, my company works in a Novell environment. We have Windows NT servers but they are application servers that attach to different Windows domains. The Novell server acts as a file server and controls the Novell print services. All users (Windows NT 4.0) logon to the Novell server. We will continue to need the Novell server for file and print services. We may convert to ADS later. We would like to go to Win2k workstation still needing to log into Novell. When we go to ADS we will want to remotely change from logging into Novell (removing it) to logging into Win2k ADS (joining a domain). What would be the best plan of attack? Can we do it remotely? What steps would it take? We presently have Tivoli Software distribution deployed to all our workstations.

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You should probably start with this. It's the Netware to Windows 2000 Migration Planning guide from Microsoft. It doesn't have all of the answers, but it will give you an excellent start.

Now, as far as joining a domain remotely and having the users log into the domain -- yes it can be done. You can use scripts with Tivoli, or run scripts against the machines. Of course there are a lot of details to be concerned with, like the versions of OS, is WSH installed, VBScript available, etc.

This was first published in March 2002

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